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Why Zany?

Honestly, the only reasonable answer I can come up with is, why not?

Here, from the American Heritage Dictionary:

za·ny (zā’nē)

    adj. za·ni·er, za·ni·est

  1. Ludicrously comical; clownish.
  2. Comical because of incongruity or strangeness; bizarre.

It’s definition two that resonates for me. I adore that which is comical because of incongruity or strangeness. In truth, I dote on the bizarre. I find black humor delicious. I believe that in the bizarre one finds truth, and lots of it. In the absurd there is sanity.

I disdain the everybody knows school of thought. It’s not that there is no communal wisdom, but things that everybody knows are often digested whole. Careful consideration and perspective will show that everybody knows thinking results in a world-is-flat mentality.

I think the world is square. Too often it is unimaginative, and boring, or scary. It seems to me, that in order to understand the often complex and contradictory world we’ve created, it takes a good dose of humor. Sometimes it takes a gallows humor, and sometimes it just takes a great dollup of silliness. Which is why on a tough day something like this:

can make all the difference, and free up my too serious thinking, to that which is more . (I actually have this on my camera phone for an emergency pick-me-up.)

When I was in the eighth grade, I was voted the Zaniest Member of my Class (or maybe it was the whole school, I don’t remember). At the time I wanted to be the most popular, or prettiest, or most likely to live a great life (or a boyfriend!), and all that stuff. At this point in my life, I’m much prouder of being declared zany.

As adults, we’re usually encouraged to keep our inner zany in. Perhaps that’s because once it gets out, it can be hard to control. When mine gets out, I’m likely to laugh irreverently at the slightest provocation, dance at street corners waiting for the light to change, or dress up in costume when it isn’t Halloween.

How about you. Do you have an inner zany? If it got out, what would it do?

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